Los Angeles Lakers star forward Lebron James is debating his basketball future and it sounds like retirement could be on the table. After the Lakers were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs in the Western Conference Finals by the Denver Nuggets, James was candid in his post-game interview. The 38-year-old forward has been at or near the top of the game for two decades and his retirement would be the end of an era. James in the past has expressed interest in playing with his sons, Bronny and Bryce, one day in the league. It sounds like those plans could be changing this summer.
BREAKING: Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is unsure if he’ll be with team when 2023-24 season starts in fall and retirement is under consideration, league sources tell @NBAonTNT, @BleacherReport. https://t.co/7M3WuEzwOL
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) May 23, 2023
After his press conference, ESPN and other news sources asked Lebron James to clarify his statements and the following exchange happened.
When you say you got to think about stuff, what thread should we be pulling on that?
“If I want to continue to play,” James said.
As in next year?
You would walk away?
“I got to think about it.”
It certainly sounds like James is more than considering ending his first-ballot Hall of Fame career sometime this summer. While that is on the table, moving to another team could still be an option as well. Lebron James has had a career that could arguably be considered the best NBA career ever. If this is truly the end, the NBA will be losing one of the best players to ever lace up their shoes and take the court.